Greater Anglia and Network Rail combine to confront leaf fall problem

Greater Anglia 156419 at Norwich. RICHARD CLINNICK.

Greater Anglia and Network Rail have joined forces to tackle autumn rail performance.

This includes fitting wheel slip protection (WSP) to Class 156s for the first time. The WSP project reduces the number of trains that are out of service with wheel flats (caused by sliding on fallen leaves).

GA is also funding the upgrade of sanding equipment on its Class 321 fleet, while other plans include additional track-cleaning equipment, vegetation clearance and targeting known problem areas. Some timetables have also been tweaked.

Six railhead treatment trains have also been deployed by NR. And a specially adapted Land Rover, known as a Sand Rover, cleans tracks on the Sudbury line.

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  • Another commuter - 14/10/2017 12:04

    About time! How many years has this taken to address?

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  • Stewart - 14/10/2017 19:11

    It's all about the driver.

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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 17/10/2017 00:26

    About time. Despite new trains are on order that will replace the current trains that Greater Anglia have ordered and the current ones to be cascaded elsewhere once the new Class 720 & Class 745 EMU's and Class 755 Bi-Mode trains are in service.

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